Download our new Stay Safe Online Safety Poster here.
Download our new Stay Safe Online Safety Poster here.
The Department for Education has updated the ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance for schools and colleges following a consultation earlier this year. The guidance comes into force for schools from September 2018. I have highlighted some of the key changes to the guidance below.
Online safety – Although the online safety section has not changed, schools should reflect upon the use of portable devices in school and the increasing use of 4G.
Teaching safeguarding – Pupils need to be taught about safeguarding, including staying safe online, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. This information could be provided through personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education or sex and relationships education (SRE).
Children’s wishes – Schools should ensure that pupils’ wishes and feelings are taken into account when determining what action to take in response to a safeguarding concern.
Policies – Safeguarding policies should be publicly available, updated annually and reflect the local environment and circumstances.
SEND and disability – Child protection policies should reflect the fact that there can be additional barriers to recognising abuse and neglect in children with special educational needs.
Recruitment – The majority of school staff will require an enhanced DBS check with barred list information as they will be engaging in ‘regulated activity’. Schools must keep a single central record (SCR) to demonstrate they have carried out the mandatory pre-appointment checks.
Emergency contact numbers – The revisions recommend that schools and colleges hold more than one emergency contact number for each pupil.
A 12 month support package for schools that provides access to independent curriculum and technical advice including strategic planning for Computing, ICT and Online Safety.
What does it include?
One hour CPD for teachers every term on a range of topics and themes which are relevant to members of staff with responsibility for Computing, ICT and Online Safety. These interactive workshops are delivered using Google Hangouts.
An email advice line for the head teacher as well as a nominated staff member. This service can be supplemented by a telephone/video call.
Recommendations in terms of hardware and software including access to our preferred supplier network who offer great service and discounts.
Priority access to our school review and audit services and school based training packages for staff, pupils, parents and governors. There is a charge for these services.
What does it cost?
The current early bird rate for the Learning Partnership is £125 per year.
How do I join or find out more?
Complete the form below and we will be in touch.
I strongly recommend that teachers and parents read Children’s online activities, risks and safety, a review from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. The findings back up the outcomes from our own national survey of 19,000 children.
Some of the findings from the report that caught our attention:
Source: “Children’s online activities, risks and safety. A literature review by the UKCCIS Evidence Group” .
Our new digital safeguarding tool allows teachers to Assess, Educate and Track improvement in their pupils’ knowledge of online dangers.
The platform empowers young people with the skills they need to stay safe online. Along with the assessment tool and learning resources for pupils, there is a library of videos to up-skill and raise awareness for teachers. The aim is to provide a whole school approach to online safety.
Assess-Educate-Track allows you to schedule online safety assessments at the press of a button. View, print and share reports with ease. Support learning with unique video content and manage everything quickly and easily through a simple, intuitive dashboard.
CNECT is an important new initiative which brings together a network of school service providers who are prepared to work and support each other to an open quality standard.
Already 18 school support professionals working with many hundreds of schools across the country have joined the expanding CNECT network and, in doing so, have indicated their commitment to the CNECT Charter.
The CNECT Charter includes the commitment to provide schools with fair and impartial advice, in a timely manner which is up to date in the rapidly changing area that they work in.
CNECT is the Consultants Network for Education Computing and Technology; members of CNECT are experienced professionals who are prepared to commit to the quality of the service that they provide to schools.
In a joint statement the school support professionals that are members of CNECT said, “We strongly believe that schools have a right to a guarantee of a quality of service which, too often, they fail to receive, CNECT is a grassroots initiative which aims to rectify this situation giving schools the confidence they need to know that their supply partners are effective and provide value.”
Schools should ask their current providers to show their commitment to the CNECT Charter or they may like to visit the CNECT web site, www.cnect.org.uk, to view those who have already made this very public commitment to provide a quality service.
Everyone has their nightmare story to tell, being taken advantage of by the unscrupulous or poorly informed trader. Unfortunately, this has also been the case for schools who have consequently purchased poor support, advice or EdTech products. CNECT aims to solve this issue by bringing together those who serve schools to a voluntary code of practice and a supportive community.
Members will be held accountable to this voluntary code by the evidence that they provide of customer satisfaction, by feedback received through the CNECT website and by peer review.
Look for CNECT members displaying the CNECT logo alongside their branding and check their entry on the CNECT web site www.cnect.org.uk
Note for Editors: CNECT can be contacted through founder member Brett Laniosh, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01527 313 800.
Schools across the UK took part in a national survey of internet use by pupils when at home. Brett Laniosh from Catshill Learning Partnerships, who carried out the survey, said that the results from over 19,000 pupils provide valuable information to schools on the range of hardware such as laptops, tablets, consoles and smart phones being used by young people. The survey was supported by education technology association Naace.
About the survey
Each class are shown a number of devices and pupils are asked to show by raising their hand which they use at home.
The numbers were collated for each school with the national results published here for Safer Internet Day 2017.
A free teaching resource has been published and is available here.
Schools can still carry out the survey and compare their results with the national average by completing the form below.
Earlier this year, I was working at a school in the lovely town of Bradford on Avon. The canalside location reminded me of the time we passed through the town by boat on our way to the picturesque city of Bath. I discussed with the Head of Computing how her newly trained digital leaders could share their wonderful material with parents. A similar conversation came about when I was working with the ICT lead at a school in Bromsgrove, updating their Online Safety Polices. She needed to get her class pages published, but their website just wasn’t making life easy. It was simply too difficult to publish content and even uploading a photo of class work took ages. Surely there must be a simpler and easier way that doesn’t cost the earth? There is, it’s called WordPress and I would strongly recommend you take a look at it. It gives you the flexibility to do things that you cannot do on your main school website, though you can still link to and from it. It should come as no surprise that our own sites are built on WordPress, as indeed is that of the Worcester-Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society for which we volunteer. Small world!
Some ideas for your school WordPress site
Publish.School gives you your own WordPress site for a special inclusive rate of just £50 per year. This rate includes your own fully customisable WordPress site with its own name.publish.school subdomain. If required, additional support and design services are available on a pro rata basis.
CEOP have released the following information in response to news coverage about live streaming and young people.
You may have seen news coverage in the last few days about the increased threat of sexual offending via Live streaming apps. As well as directing you to our new resources on Live Streaming #LiveSkills that can be used to educate children, young people, parents and carers about Live streaming, it was important that we address the behaviour of sharing images and videos of sexual abuse.
This week, CEOP received an unprecedented number of reports about a sexual abuse video, involving two children, which has gone ‘viral’. We hope you understand that for the purposes of the ongoing safeguarding for the children involved, we are unable to release specifics about the content in the video, however we can inform you that the children are safe and that a man has been arrested and charged with several offences in connection with this incident.
The advice from police in relation to this video is that if children and young people receive it on any social media platform, they should delete it immediately and tell a trusted adult – a teacher or parent for example.
It is really important that they understand that if they show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people, they could be committing a crime and we want to stop that happening. The police have been clear that they do not want to criminalise children and that children won’t be in trouble if they’ve made a genuine mistake.
For professionals and parents finding out that images and videos of abuse are being circulated by young people and adults on social media, it can be a stressful time and difficult to know what course of action to take immediately. Here are some clear steps to take and important things to remember.
If you work in a school or college and are concerned about what to do with peer to peer sharing of sexual images or videos you can refer to the ‘Sexting in schools and colleges guidance’
If a parent or carer is worried about a child seeing inappropriate things online Thinkuknow/parents has more information.
A complete training and support package for your school.
The toolkit provides complete coverage including school online safety policies, curriculum training, risk assessment, digital literacy, lessons and presentations.
This includes information published in the DFE’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘.
As sales of electric cars rise and government ministers have announced an £8 million fund for trials of driverless lorries, the next generation of technologists and engineers will be given an opportunity to see the tech in action and get hands on experience of robot building.
Brett said, “We wanted to introduce young people to robotics and engineering and these fun workshops will be an opportunity for 40 children from different schools to do just that. As well as developing problem solving skills, their finished robot will give the children a sense of achievement. It will also help to foster a love for science and technology. We are delighted that CGI Group has sponsored the workshops which will mean that the completed robots will be given to the schools to use in class. Who knows, perhaps one of these young robot builders will be part of a team that builds your next electric car or even a future Mars rover.”
About Catshill Learning Partnerships:
Catshill Learning Partnerships is a computing, ICT and online safety network, providing curriculum support and advice to schools. Established in 2011, its school-based services also include professional development and educational technology advice.
Safer Internet Day runs on 6th February 2018. Here are some some inspiring ideas to consider for your school.
|1||Set up digital leaders in order to empower your pupils||Find out how|
|2||Review your AUPs and online safety policies||Find out how|
|3||Run a workshop for parents||Find out how|
|4||Carry out a survey of internet use by pupils||Find out how|
|5||Get your digital leaders to produce an e-safety game or blog||Find out how|
|6||Create an e-safety game in Scratch||Find out how|
|7||Run an online event for all your classes||Find out how|
|8||Get your pupils to run a showcase lesson for parents||Find out how|
|9||Update your staff on the new DfE guidelines||Find out how|
|10||Carry out a review using the 360 ESafe tool||Find out how|
There is a lot of excitement about the development of Scratch 3 that is being jointly developed by MIT and Google.
Scratch 3 will be written in in HTML 3 and this widely anticipated release will be watched closely following the announcement that Adobe will be dropping Flash which is a requirement for the current version of Scratch 2.
It has been confirmed that Scratch 3 will continue to use vertical programming blocks rather than the horizontal ones used by ScratchJr.
The announcement of Scratch 3.0 is going to be welcomed by users who are struggling to use this brilliant and popular programming tool in schools.
The Scratch Team at MIT will be affiliating with Google for this release which will succeed Scratch 2.
There are no details of a final release date for Scratch 3 but a functioning alpha version is available at here.
More details on from https://wiki.scratch.mit.edu/wiki/Scratch_3.0
We’ve launched our new low cost Robot kit for the BBC Micro:bit. At just £25, the robot kit is great value and includes all the parts and instructions to make your own robot. A free programming guide allows you to write programs to control your robot.
The robot is a fully programmable, expandable device with activities for all ages. Supplied with clear instructions the kit takes about an hour to build. More than just a robot, this is a maker platform with numerous sensors, input & output add-ons for off-screen computing projects.
The robot is programmed using programmable blocks which will be familiar to those who use Scratch.
Matthew Payne, the chairman of Chantry School Digital Leaders has sent us an update of their activities. If you do not yet have Digital Leaders, find out more here.
In early February Myself, Ms Dowding and The Digital Leaders of The Chantry School embarked on a journey to a college in Birmingham to attend a Digital Leaders workshop and conference. It gave us the opportunity to share our practices and learn about how other groups work. I presented Trello, which is our collaboration and organisational tool, that other schools found useful to know of.
Safer Internet Day 2017
Shortly after the Digital Leader Conference, Safer Internet Day 2017 took place. As we’ve done for two years, I took to the stage and presented assemblies to all year groups throughout the week. I shared advice for what to look out for when speaking to others online and an unfortunate story of a local teenager who took his own life after receiving online bullying for many years even after moving schools two times. The Digital Leaders and I sincerely hope that our message of: “Is it true, is it kind and is it necessary?” will play a larger part in the pupil’s social media activity.
So as I’m sure you can appreciate, the Digital Leaders have been up to a lot to help make the school more digitally safe! The group is now working hard on getting our messages and knowledge across to parents directly with our Parental Involvement Program. We are now actively working with parents at school events and through our newsletter column and other platforms to help parents understand what their children are doing online.
Matthew Payne, Chairman of The Digital Leaders, Year 10, Chantry School, Worcester
Schools across the UK were invited to take part in a national survey of internet use by pupils when at home. Over 19,000 pupils took part.
A free teaching resource that uses the results from the survey which were published for Safer Internet Day 2017 has been created for schools to use.
The resource presents a series of questions made up into 26 slides that can be delivered in the classroom as it is or modified to suit a range of ages and abilities. It can be used to promote and stimulate online safety discussion.
Complete the form below to receive the classroom resource.
You can also download the results of the survey here.
Hands on training using the brilliant free programming tool.
We can deliver this course at your school – Complete the form below
When it comes to computing apps, Scratch always comes at the top of any popularity poll and for good reason – the award winning programming tool makes it really easy to code, it promotes creativity and it is completely free! That is why both children and adults love using it.
If you or your staff would like to familiarise yourself with, or get to know more about Scratch and learn some great tips for using this brilliant free tool in school, this course is for you.
Preparing for the 360safe E-Safety review
We can deliver this course at your school – Complete the form below
Help with completing the 360safe online safety review in order to ensure that online safety is embedded across your school. The 360 self review tool is free to use and it is worth carrying out your own review even if you decide not to apply for the Online Safety Mark for which there is a charge.
As well as explaining the process, the presenter will outline the issues that schools have when completing the review or going for accreditation. During the afternoon you will work on your own review, so attending could be a valuable time saver.
The course will explain the elements, strands and aspects of the tool – Policy and Leadership; Infrastructure; Education; Standards and Inspection
It will cover the key areas required and help you to complete the 360safe online safety review and/or get ready for assessment.
Build a robot to use with the BBC Micro:bit.
We can deliver this course at your school – Complete the form below for details
You will build a BBC Micro:bit robot that is yours to keep. Once built you will be shown how to program your robot using programming blocks just like Scratch. This course demystifies the tech and is suitable for everyone.
A fantastic way to make best use of this importance device.
We know that children are using a wide range of technology to get online at home, including games consoles, tablets and even their parents’ smartphones. This has led to a number of concerns, the main one being the issue of safeguarding and digital security. With the huge variety of potential access points to the internet, how can schools educate their pupils for all eventualities?
At Catshill Learning Partnerships, we’ve been running online safety lessons in schools for a number of years. At the beginning of these sessions, we always ask the pupils what devices they have used or had access to at home. The responses to this are always fascinating; children from as early as reception are already using a vast range of technology. We have carried out a National Pupil Internet Use Survey in order to examine how children access online content in more detail. Find out more at catshill.com/survey19k
The main problem with technology is that both schools and parents are not necessarily familiar with the ways in which their pupils and children are accessing online content. For example, games consoles can now be used to communicate with other players around the world, and also access platforms such as YouTube and even Facebook.
The Pupil Internet Use Survey showed that 50% of 4/5 year olds say that they use their mum and dad’s smartphones. In fact, young pupils tend to be quite adept at using these types of technology, and will often help struggling parents or grandparents to get to grips with their devices. It is therefore important to instil good cyber security practices into pupils at an early age.
While filtering and restriction systems can help limit the content that children can access on their devices, if that device is taken to a friend’s house, the same controls may not apply, so understanding exactly what can be accessed and how is essential for parents. We are encouraging teachers to ask questions about such issues to both students and parents, to ensure that these considerations are taken into account.
Addressing the issue
The main thing is to make sure that what children are doing with the technology is done safely so that they’re not putting themselves in danger by going to a site that’s not suitable, and when they are online that they are behaving in an appropriate way. The most important thing to check is that they are not sharing personal information publicly or with strangers online without considering what they are doing.
Children often won’t see the harm in posting content about themselves, especially if their parents are doing the same thing. Part of the problem is that not everyone understands the privacy settings on platforms like Facebook, meaning that their content is available publicly for the world to see. Parents need to lead by example and take the time to consider their own social media activity. Staying safe online is an important life skill for everyone.
It should be remembered that there are many new social apps beyond the big players like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, such as Yik Yak and Oovoo. It can be difficult to keep on top of all this, so schools can help by running regular sessions for both their staff and parents to ensure that everyone has the latest information and that they understand what’s out there.
Voice of the children
Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to online safety, whether that’s parents, teachers or pupils. I am keen for schools to set up Digital Leader programmes, where groups of pupils are able to pass on messages about safety and cyber security in a voice that other young people are more likely to resonate with. There’s also the opportunity for students to help in writing the school’s online safety guide, as they will often have more insight into the newer trends online for people their age, and consequently, become your most valuable resource in this process. For example, the Digital Leaders we helped to set up at the Chantry School in Worcester present assemblies to year groups and share advice for what to look out for when speaking to others online. They also work hard to get messages and knowledge across to parents directly with a Parental Involvement Program. Find out more at catshill.com/chantry Similarly the Digital Leaders we set up for Westacre Middle School in Droitwich are running showcase lessons for parents to show them the range of cloud technology they use in school and at home. Find out more at catshill.com/showcase_lessons
We need to take a step back and evaluate the risks, so that everyone understands the multitude of possibilities online and how they can be managed effectively and safely.